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Standards for optometrists and dispensing opticians

Standards of Practice (from April 2016)

GOC standards of Practice for optometrists and dispensing opticiansWe have a statutory duty to set the standards of practice expected of optometrists and dispensing opticians. Our Standards of Practice define the standards of behaviour and performance we expect of all registered optometrists and dispensing opticians. 

As a healthcare professional you have a responsibility to ensure the care and safety of your patients and the public and to uphold professional standards. 

The new Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians came in to effect on 1 April 2016, replacing the previous Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants. This document sets out the nineteen standards that optical professionals must meet. These standards are not listed in order of priority and include standards relating to behaviour and performance.

Practice guidance 

Guidance on complex areas of practice to assist you in applying your professional judgement to meet our standards is available here

Legislation affecting practice

Information on the legislation affecting your practice is available here



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